General Poetry posted April 4, 2024

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Snow and Sound

by tempeste

let the snow
make peace in this world
of chaos

Nature 3-5-3 writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a poem with a 3-5-3 syllable count on nature.

Why does everything get so quiet after a snow fall?

Because Freshly Fallen Snow Absorbs Sound

Just like you would see in a room full of sound-absorbing foam, snow dampens the sound waves, allowing you to hear less. It takes as little as an inch of snow to see this silencing effect take place and it is more obvious when the snow coming down is light and fluffy.

As a general rule, colder temperature increase air density which makes it harder for sound waves to travel. So when the temperature drops, it can make everything sound quieter since sound waves are generally travelling more slowly, especially in the presence of big fluffy layers of freshly fallen snow trapping all those slow-moving sound waves.
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